Issue 25 September 2022

Matters

Brookleigh Bridge installation

In August, Council Leader Jonathan Ash-Edwards visited the Brookleigh development, formerly known as the Northern Arc, to see the progress being made to build a new bridge and link road.

John Sisk & Son installed precast concrete bridge beams, weighing over 55 tonnes each, that will form the base of the new road bridge over the River Adur. The bridge is part of a new link road, which will initially connect Isaacs Lane to Freeks Farm in the eastern part of the site, later extending west through the Brookleigh development, across the A2300 before connecting to Jane Murray Way. Once completed, the new link road will provide easy access to the new development from the A2300 and the A273 (Issacs Lane), providing important additional road capacity for the town 

This bridge and link road investment is another example of Homes England working to ensure that much need infrastructure is provided at an early stage, before or alongside the delivery of the new homes. West Sussex County Council has already completed the widening of the A2300 to ease the flow of traffic around Burgess Hill and has submitted a planning application to build a new secondary school as part of the Brookleigh development. Mid Sussex District Council has secured funding from the Government to improve the nearby waste water treatment facilities at Goddards Green and created a 6 mile network of sustainable pathways, cycleways and bridleways around the town to provide people with a viable alternatives to using a car.

The construction of the bridge is delivered in accordance with the associated planning consent DM/20/3247. Please visit the Brookleigh Facebook page and website to view the drone footage and more photography of the bridge installation. 

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West Sussex County Council has submitted a reserved matters planning application to create an ‘all-through’ primary and secondary school as part of the Burgess Hill Brookleigh development (formerly known as the Northern Arc).

The school will be fully inclusive and include a Special Support Centre to support children with special educational needs and disabilities attending the new school.

The University of Brighton Academies Trust has been appointed to run the new all-through school. West Sussex County Council is creating the secondary school element and the primary school element, which will be designed and built later, is being created by Homes England.

The design of the new secondary school building aims to achieve Passivhaus certification, which sets the standard for low-carbon emissions, use of sustainable energy, and helping to reduce the impact of climate change. The building will be highly energy efficient and generate its own energy on-site using nearly 1000 solar photovoltaic panels, ensuring no use of fossil fuels in the running of the building.

The scheme has been designed to protect, conserve and enhance the rich biodiversity found on the site, and you can view the proposed design of the school at https://youtu.be/zSeonaHiXFs

To view the Planning Application, please visit the MSDC Planning Portal using the reference DM/18/5114.